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SAIIA Policy Briefing No 75, October 2013
South Africans may not appreciate that a diplomatic Bilateral Forum between South Africa and the United Kingdom is something unusual for the British. Pretoria has many similar arrangements and it can be difficult to keep track of them all, but for the United Kingdom it is rare and in Africa, it occurs only with South Africa.
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 71, August 2013
Volume 20, Issue 2 of SAIIA's peer-reviewed journal, the South African Journal of International Affairs, is now out, featuring articles from leading academics on a range of topics relevant to African interests.
The South African Journal of International Affairs (SAJIA) has released its latest edition, Volume 20.1. This special issue, entitled ‘Emerging Africa: Critical Transitions’, is guest edited by Daniel C. Bach. 
South Africa hosted the BRICS summit in Durban in March 2013. Analysts say South Africa's inclusion in BRICS could inspire other African countries to learn how to achieve economic progress. Christopher Wood, a Researcher with SAIIA's Economic Diplomacy Programme, was a guest on CNBC Africa to discuss South Africa's role in BRICS.
'Don't talk to me about giblets,' International Relations and Co-operation Minister Maite Nkoane-Mashabane reportedly said during last week’s BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) business summit. This remark reveals several things about the nature of the BRICS forum, and co-operation on trade matters in particular.
Last week Youth@SAIIA learners Morategi Kale and Thokozani Nhlapo were given the chance to interview delegates of the BRICS Summit for a special segment on CCTV. CCTV's Guy Henderson produced this story for the Africa Live current affairs show. Watch the creation of the SAIIA BRICS Youth Communiqué in the CCTV clip above. 
In a move that has generated much excitement, South Africa has invited representatives from various African continental institutions, including regional economic blocs to the Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) Summit (26-27 March 2013). BRICS leaders will meet them to discuss Africa’s infrastructure development priorities under the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) framework. This is in line with the Summit theme, “BRICS and Africa - partnership for development, integration and industrialisation”.
Statement of the National Chairman of the South African Institute of International Affairs, Mr Fred T. Phaswana, on the occasion of the meeting of the National Council on 27 March 2013
SAIIA Policy Briefing 63, March 2013
On 16 March 2013 SAIIA brought together outstanding South African high school learners to host their own model BRICS Summit to discuss the creation of the BRICS Development Bank. Each school represented one of the five BRICS countries in a special negotiation session that resulted in the creation of a BRICS Youth Communiqué.
 The South African Institute of International Affairs  and the Global economic Governance Africa (GEG-Africa) Project hosts a special media briefing on Setting the Scene: The journey to Durban and BRICS 5 15:00 – 16:30, Monday, 25 March 2013, Suncoast Hotel and Towers, DURBAN
In the lead-up to the Fifth Summit of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) grouping, the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) invited high-school learners to debate the key issues surrounding the BRICS and develop a Youth BRICS Communique containing their recommendations.
There has not been a group of countries who have come together in recent years and quite captured the imagination like the BRICS. Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa would have seemed like unlikely bedfellows in the not-too-distant past but they are now actively pursuing a common agenda that covers a wide range of political, economic and social issues.
Last week rung in the changes in China’s top leadership positions as Xi Jinping replaced Hu Jintao as China’s new president. President Xi is also the general secretary of China’s Communist Party and chairman of the Central Military Commission. In one of his first visits abroad as head of state, President Xi will be undertaking a state visit to South Africa on the margins of the upcoming BRICS Summit on 26-27 March 2013 in Durban. He will also be visiting Tanzania and the Republic of Congo during his African tour. China’s relationship with the African continent has grown significantly under…
SAIIA Policy Briefing 62, March 2013
As South Africa gears up to host the Fifth Annual BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) Summit next month, SAIIA has made a range of resources available to assist journalists and editors as they prepare to cover the event.
As South Africa gears up to host the Fifth Annual BRICS Summit next month, SAIIA has released a comprehensive new BRICS Guide to help observers understand the dynamics at play.
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 135, February 2013
In a new series of video interviews, a special panel of experts present fresh insights into the five BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) and their relationship with Africa. The latest interview is with Brendan Vickers from the Department of Trade and Industry in South Africa, on the BRICS trade agenda, above.
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 134, January 2013
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 127, December 2012
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 125, December 2012
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 123, December 2012
(Portuguese) China’s rising position in African affairs, from that of quiescence to open activism at the centre stage of events, is changing the dynamics of the international system.  Since the onset of the domestic reform process starting in 1978, Maoist faith and revolutionary altruism have given way to the consciously self-interested commercial entrepreneurs and advocates of forms of market capitalism. The emergence of China as Africa’s top trading partner and leading source of foreign direct investment in 2009, surpassing the United States and key European Union states still struggling in the aftermath of the global financial crisis, has sharpened the…